SharePoint Saturday Bend, OR “Workflows that Work!”Technology Presentation – Oct 1, 2011
INTRODUCTIONYour Presenter: Larry Tenison Sr. Information Architect Marquam Group email@example.com
DEMONSTRATION SCENARIO 1• The first workflow demo is built around a “multi-stage” Invoice Approval process• Business rules: – If invoice amount < $1,000 --> Manager approves – If >= $1,000 but < $5,000 --> Manager and CFO must approve – If >= $5,000 --> Manager, CFO and CEO must approve
DEMONSTRATION SCENARIO 2• The second workflow demo is built around a real-life QA “spec review” process• Business rules: – InfoPath form filled out to start process – Form is submitted to “spec review” process, which involves multiple reviewers and roles across the Org – Once “approved”, process is “closed” and new product set-up phase is started (hint: additional workflows!)
DEMO “TAKE-AWAYS”• Scenario 2 is a “real-world” example that will go into production this fall• What have we learned through this process?
LESSON 1 – LEVERAGE VISIO• A detailed, approved diagram of the business process is required for successful implementation• Visio “swim-lane” diagrams translate well into the Nintex design paradigm
LESSON 2 – WORKFLOWS = SYSTEM• When developing “a workflow” (e.g. Specification Review) there will be other supporting functions within the overall process that define a “system” or “constellation” of workflows – Example: Spec Review process includes 1 main process flow and 7 “support” workflows – Overall, there will be 5 “main” process flows and 23 “support” workflows at the client once the entire scope is completed
LESSON 3 – LEVERAGE INFOPATH• When using InfoPath to drive “forms-based” workflows, consider these techniques to drive productivity: – Get the forms designed, tested and in place FIRST; this will minimize re-work – Promote frequently-used form fields to make them visible to SharePoint and Nintex (item properties) – Re-use common column names (e.g. “CustomerName”) across similar forms and content types; these will be retained (most of the time) whenever an existing workflow is exported and imported to a new form library – Within the form designer, arrange sub-sets of form fields using common headers (e.g. CustomerDetail, ProductDetail, etc.) which will create similar form XML structure and XPATH queries
OTHER QUESTIONS THAT COME TO MIND• What does a 3rd party product offer over and above SharePoint Designer?• Why not just crack open Visual Studio for building complex workflows?• It’s expensive -- Why buy a 3rd party product at all?
QUICK FACTS• Nintex offers 103 configurable actions, 70 more than Designer (33)• Nintex offers actions that do not exist in Designer, including: – State machine configuration – External Queries (LDAP, Excel services, CRM, BizTalk, Web Services and more) – List Queries with Collection Operations – Loops – Rich User Provisioning (AD, Exchange, SharePoint) – Flexible, Multi-branch Decisions – Lazy Approval via Email• Nintex is a full web UI, not client software; all design and management is within SharePoint
ACTIONS COMPARISON -- SUMMARY• SP Designer actions were mapped against 6 functional areas of Nintex Workflow actions palette• Bottom Line: Nintex offers more actions in every area as compared to Designer. Plus, Nintex offers other “freebies” including 10 built-in Workflow Reports and extensions of other services (e.g. Excel Services).
WHAT THAT MEANS TO YOU• With a rich, web-based UI workflow design product, you will not need to invest in the time and effort needed to: 1. Learn Visual Studio 2. Learn how to build workflow projects using VS 3. Create your own workflow actions 4. Test, debug, implement custom workflow code• And, most importantly, you will not need to: 5. Support, patch, promote, and maintain custom workflow code
THANKS FOR YOUR TIME TODAY!Please feel free to contact one of us or visit our sponsor booth if you have any questions: Brad Paris Account Executive Marquam Group firstname.lastname@example.org Larry Tenison Sr. Information Architect Marquam Group email@example.com